Sitting in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump said on July 1, "After July 4, a lot of people are going to be brought back out," referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) campaign, according to NBC News.
The president announced in mid-June that ICE would start deportations soon, but delayed it by giving the House the opportunity to close the legal 'loopholes' in United States immigration law.
Expulsion of criminal gang MS-13
On June 22, President Trump told reporters that ICE's deportation campaign will focus on driving MS-13 (or Mara Salvatrucha) criminal gangs out of the country.
MS-13 was founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s in part to protect immigrants fleeing El Salvador's civil war, but over the years it became a giant cross-border criminal organization.
MS-13, which has more than 10,000 members in 40 states, is currently one of the most dangerous criminal organizations in the United States, the White House reported.
Mark Morgan, interim director of ICE, said the agency will also target families who have received a removal order from a U.S. immigration court.
Also, on June 22, President Trump confirmed what Morgan had said.
Through Twitter he said, "The people that ICE will detain have already been ordered to be deported. This means they have fled the law and they have fled the courts. These are people who are supposed to return to their country of origin. They broke the law when they entered the country, and now when they stay.”
On the other hand, Trump praised, in the same conversation with the media on July 1, the governments of Mexico and Guatemala for their actions aimed at reducing the number of immigrants heading for the United States.